Stars welcome champions Sundowns to Rustenburg

Stars welcome champions Sundowns to Rustenburg
Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns scores despite challenge from Gift Sithole (l) and Sboniso Gumede of Platinum Stars during the 2015/16 Absa Premiership football match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 21 May 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Monday Feb 20, 2017. 12:30

Platinum Stars will welcome the challenge of defending Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on 21 February 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Stars are unbeaten in their last five league matches, though the last four in succession have been draws, including a 0-0 away to Baroks FC on February 15.

The Rustenburg side has claimed five points from eight home matches this season.

Dikwena are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points from as many matches.

Sundowns saw their winning streak ended at four matches after they were held 1-1 at Chippa United on February 14.

The Tshwane side has claimed 11 points from six away matches this season.

The Brazilians are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 26 points from 12 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Sundowns have met in 26 league matches since 2003/04.

The Brazilians have 10 wins compared to six for Dikwena, while 10 matches have been drawn.

Stars have won two of their 13 home league matches against Sundowns, suffering six defeats in the process.

Last season the Brazilians took four points off Dikwena, drawing 0-0 in Rustenburg before winning the return game in Tshwane 1-0.

Sundowns are in unbeaten in their last seven league matches against Stars.

Stars’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Baroka: Mzimela, Zulu, Mlilo, Mwedihanga, De Jongh, Msomi (Mabena 80’), Mere, Ng’ambi, Nale (Links 71’), Phiri, Botes (Ntuli 69’).

Sundowns’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Chippa: Sandilands, Ngcongca, Hachi, Bangaly, Arendse, Mohomi, Mabunda, Modise (Morena 63'), T.Zwane (Mbekile 83'), Zakri (Langerman 72'), Castro.

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